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References 

King Kong (1933)
King Kong is seen in the Oasis.
Pinocchio (1940)
Several characters discuss the nature of reality and whether they are real or pretend
Citizen Kane (1941)
"Rosebud" is mentioned
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Dialogue quoted: "No man is a failure who has friends."
Haredevil Hare (1948) (Short)
Marvin the Martian appears in the Oasis.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
The first time Sorrento meets I-R0k in the Oasis, he emerges from the wreckage of one of the floating Martian spacecraft from the 1953 version of "War of the Worlds", complete with the authentic sound FX.
Seven Samurai (1954)
Daito looks like Kikuchiyo
Gojira (1954)
The theme from Godzilla is briefly woven into the score during the final battle.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Robby the Robot can be seen in Samantha and Wade's apartment.
Rodan (1956)
Rodan is featured in the OASIS
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Cyclops avatar seen in battle royale.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Halliday rises and speaks from a coffin in a manner similar to Criswell's introduction to the Ed Wood film.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Skeletons seen as avatars in a battle royale.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
Two cars from this movie are seen in a virtual race.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The sound effect for the CRN-114 is used at one point in the film.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Man with No Name is seen in the Oasis
Batman (1966) (TV Series)
The Batmobile from the show is seen falling off a highway
Speed Racer (1967) (TV Series)
The Mach 5 is seen at the start of the race.
Speed Racer: The Movie (1967)
The Mach 5 is in the race staging area
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Aech has an EVA pod in her garage.
The French Connection (1971)
Part of the race for the Copper Key takes place below an elevated railway in New York City and is shot in a style similar to Friedkin's film.
Silent Running (1972)
Aech has a miniaturized Valley Forge in her garage
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Gigan made its appearance in the final battle as it along with Mechagodzilla fight against Iron Giant, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Mecha Godzilla appears.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
You can see the famous flip stunt at the race
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
The Holy Hand Grenade is used.
Death Race 2000 (1975)
The Death Race cars seen in virtual race.
The Muppet Show (1976) (TV Series)
Muppets are seen as avatars.
Suspiria (1977)
Suzy Bannon is seen in the Oasis
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Shoto's car, which he totals on his way to getting the Copper Key, is Burt Reynolds' Trans-Am from this film.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
There are multiple references to this movie. When trying to recruit him, Sorrento offers Z the Millenium Falcon. R2-D2 can be seen at the very end in Wade and Sam's apartment. After Art3mis escapes captivity, she is on a mission to bring down the shield from inside the castle. She evades a passing group of troopers by climbing around a column over a death fall (in this case, lava). These are circumstances and scenes almost identical to the original Star Wars.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
In a nightclub in the Oasis, two characters start dancing the film's de facto theme song "Stayin' Alive" as they create a multi-colored light floor to dance on.
Supaidâman (1978) (TV Series)
Leopardon can be seen as a reward when finishing the Black Tiger video game.
Space Invaders (1978) (Video Game)
Hallilday wears a Space Invaders T-shirt in the flashback. Also, Space Invaders decals can be seen in Aech's room.
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Aech has the Battlestar Galactica in her garage
Animal House (1978)
Parzival mentions Faber College when trying to bluff Sorrento when mentioning John Hughes movies.
Battlestar Galactica (1978) (TV Series)
Aech has a Viper and a miniaturized Galactica in her garage
Superman (1978)
Halliday's favorite quote is a Lex Luthor monologue from this movie.
Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) (TV Series)
The original RX-78-2 Gundam is seen in the Oasis.
Mad Max (1979)
Poster seen when Parzival changes outfits.
Alien (1979)
Art3mis uses the chestburster to play a prank on Parzival
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) (TV Series)
Aech has a Thunderfighter in her garage
Asteroids (1979) (Video Game)
Halliday and Morrow mention living inside this game
The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star (1979) (Video)
Mentioned as one of Halliday's interests
Fatso (1980)
A character mentions this movie
Friday the 13th (1980)
Jason is seen as an avatar in a battle royale.
The Shining (1980)
The characters travel inside a digital recreation of this film.
The Exterminator (1980)
The Exterminator is seen in the Oasis.
The Greatest American Hero (1981) (TV Series)
The symbol of Ralph's suit on the side of Wade's VR goggles.
Excalibur (1981)
The spell used to control the Orb of Osuvox is The Charm of Making from Excalibur.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
A poster of this film can be seen in Halliday's childhood bedroom.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Ash can be seen during the final battle.
The Road Warrior (1981)
Max's Interceptor is in the race staging area
Robotron: 2084 (1982) (Video Game)
When Sorrento tries to boast his 80s pop culture knowledge, he mentions playing Robotron.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
In the broadcast of Halliday's will, he is shown in a funeral casket which is in fact a mock-up of the Mark VII photon torpedo which served as Spock's casket at the end of the movie. The Starfleet logo and USS Enterprise are also referenced.
Blade Runner (1982)
When Sorrento's rig is hacked by Aech both Parzival and Daito's eyes glow red like replicants.
The Thing (1982)
The alien from this movie shows up during the final battle of the movie
TRON (1982)
The Light Cycle is used in the race.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Z tries to trick Sorrento by referencing the high school from this movie.
The Beastmaster (1982)
Poster seen in Aech's room.
Knight Rider (1982) (TV Series)
Parzival's DeLorean has KITT's sensor on the front grill
Swordquest: Earthworld (1982) (Video Game)
Mentioned during the search for the game used in the last challenge.
The Dark Crystal (1982)
The movie title is written on a visible notebook in the scene where Wade and Sam investigate how to acquire the crystal key. Also, Karen picks the pseudonym Kira in reference to this movie.
Joust (1982) (Video Game)
Poster can be seen in Halliday's childhood room.
Fraggle Rock (1983) (TV Series)
Aech has a Fraggle Rock lunchbox.
The A-Team (1983) (TV Series)
The A-Team van is seen at the start of the race.
2019: After the Fall of New York (1983)
Poster is seen in Halliday's childhood bedroom.
Krull (1983)
Sho uses The Glaive from Krull to sever I-R0k's arm. Also, the movie title is written on a visible notebook in the scene where Wade and Sam investigate how to acquire the crystal key.
Dungeons & Dragons (1983) (TV Series)
A virtual space is named after the role-playing game's creator, Gary Gygax
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) (TV Series)
He-Man can be seen in the epic final battle.
Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) (Video)
Wade is seen dressed as Michael Jackson's character
Scarface (1983)
The VHS box is amongst all the loot that comes out of I-R0k.
Christine (1983)
Christine's in the race staging area
Splash (1984)
The movie title is written on a visible notebook in the scene where Wade and Sam investigate how to acquire the crystal key.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
"The temple of Doom" is written on a visible notebook in the scene where Wade and Sam investigate how to acquire the crystal key.
Firestarter (1984)
Among the movie posters of other films Halliday watched the week of his date.
Gremlins (1984)
The Orb of Ozuvox is being held in the same box in which the Mogwai is kept at the beginning of "Gremlins." Also, the movie title is written on a visible notebook in the scene where Wade and Sam investigate how to acquire the crystal key.
The Last Starfighter (1984)
Wade lives in a run-down boring area, has no father, saves an alternate universe, meets the video game designer, and only excels at video games just like Alex
Purple Rain (1984)
Wade is seen dressed as Prince's character.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Parzival dresses up as Buckaroo Banzai for his date with Art3mis.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984) (TV Series)
The Red Lion can be seen in the epic final battle.
The Terminator (1984)
T-800 is seen during the final battle
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Freddy Krueger is seen in the Oasis.
Dune (1984)
The planet Arrakis is mentioned as a virtual destination.
Thundercats (1985) (TV Series)
Parzival has the Thundercats logo on his belt.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Parzival mentions Shermer High School when talking to Sorrento about John Hughes movies.
Brazil (1985)
All of Wade's aliases at IOI, Sam Lowery and Harry Tuttle are characters from this movie
Robotech (1985) (TV Series)
Mentioned by Sorrento.
Ladyhawke (1985)
Poster in Halliday's bedroom home
Back to the Future (1985)
Many references to this movie are spread throughout the film. A DeLorean car has a prominent role in the movie, a poster for Mayor Goldie Wilson can be seen in Aech's garage, Doc Brown appears in the Halliday archives, the main theme from the movie can be heard a few times (both movies share the same composer, Alan Silvestri), and the Zemeckis cube which turns back time 30 seconds is a nod to Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis directed it and its two sequels).
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Pee-wee Hermans bicycle can be seen inside Aech's workshop when Aech takes Parzival and Art3mis to repair Art3mis' motorcycle. When Aech turns the lights on inside the workshop, Pee-wee's bicycle is directly under the lights next to the entrance. Also, the Pee-wee's Big Adventure VHS box is amongst all the loot that comes out of I-R0k.
Real Genius (1985)
Poster in Halliday's bedroom home
A-Ha: Take on Me (1985) (Video)
Mentioned as one of Halliday's interests
Highlander (1986)
Silvercup sign seen in background of virtual race.
The Hyrule fantasy: Zeruda no densetsu (1986) (Video Game)
Poster can be seen in Halliday's childhood room.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Aech has the Ferrari in her garage and the film is mentioned several times in dialogue.
Aliens (1986)
Aech has a miniaturized Sulaco in her garage; Art3mis uses an M41-A pulse rifle during the Distracted Globe shootout
Metoroido (1986) (Video Game)
Samus can be seen in the Oasis nightclub dancing next to Art3mis.
The Fly (1986)
Characters discuss this film and a poster is seen in Aech's room.
Madballs: Escape from Orb! (1986) (Video)
Art3mis throws a Dusty (Dust Head) Madballs grenade into Mechagodzilla
Predator (1987)
One of the Predators can be seen standing next to Deadshot.
Spaceballs (1987)
Aech has the Eagle 5 in her garage
Innerspace (1987)
The VHS box is sitting under the under the TV in young Halliday's room at the end of the movie. Also, Wade wears goggles that look like the kind Pendleton (Dennis Quaid) wore.
RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop is one of the avatars entering the Oasis through the same portal as Z does. A Delta City ad is on the side of a building. Aech has an ED-209 in her virtual garage.
Street Fighter (1987) (Video Game)
Parzival performs a Hadouken when fighting Sorrento at the very end.
Spiral Zone (1987) (TV Series)
The stain in the face of the Samantha Evelyn Cook/Art3mis
Galaga '88 (1987) (Video Game)
A Galaga poster is visible behind Halliday in the flashback.
Beetlejuice (1988)
One of the characters in the Halliday Archives is dressed as Beetlejuice
Garbage Pail Kids (1988) (TV Series)
Wade Watts has Garbage Pail Kids cards in his van.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Jessica Rabbit can be seen at the Oasis Nightclub.
Akira (1988)
Kaneda's bike is used in a race.
Cocktail (1988)
Aech has a neon sign that says "Cocktail & Dreams" in his workshop.
Garfield and Friends (1988) (TV Series)
Wade Watts has Garfield pictures in his van.
They Live (1988)
Daito's avatar flips off Nolan before dying
Child's Play (1988)
Chucky is used as a weapon and kills several Sixers.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Halliday mentions how Bill and Ted managed to go back in time.
Say Anything... (1989)
The boombox is seen in the Oasis.
Batman (1989)
The Batman seen climbing Mount Everest in the Oasis is the Batman from this film
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Parzival drives a flight-capable DeLorean, a hoverboard can be seen in Aech's room and Wade's neighbor orders Pizza Hut
The Crystal Maze (1990) (TV Series)
The series is referenced.
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Parzival and Art3mis take a leap just like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan did together in this film
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Reunion (1990) (TV Episode)
Parzival and Art3mis have a bat'leth in their apartment
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991) (Video Game)
Blanka can be seen at the night club before I-r0k enters as well in the epic final battle with Chun-Li.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) (Video Game)
Title character seen as someone's avatar.
Battletoads (1991) (Video Game)
Battletoads are visible in the epic final battle.
Terminator 2 (1991)
When the Iron Giant sinks into the lava, just before it fully disappears, its hand gives a thumbs-up, just as the T-800 did as it was destroyed at the end of the earlier film.
Duke Nukem (1991) (Video Game)
Duke Nukem is seen in the Oasis.
Hello Kitty and Friends (1991) (TV Series)
seen in the Oasis.
Super Mario Kart (1992) (Video Game)
Aech jokingly mentions the game during a car chase.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992) (TV Series)
Harley Quinn is seen in the Oasis.
Mortal Kombat (1992) (Video Game)
Art3mis disguises herself as Goro, another character has an MK "Dragon Logo" pin and other characters are seen in the crowd of Oasis civilians during the final battle.
Jurassic Park (1993)
The T-Rex is chasing some players in one scene
Last Action Hero (1993)
A Jack Slater movie can be see in a theater during the race.
Exosquad (1993) (TV Series)
Aech has the field repair E-frame in her garage
Doom (1993) (Video Game)
Doomguy is seen in the Oasis.
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (1994) (Video Game)
Morrigan can be seen during the final battle along with Jedah Dohma.
Judge Dredd (1995)
Art3mis uses a Lawgiver during the Distracted Globe shootout
Super Mario 64 (1996) (Video Game)
Towards the end of the film, James Halliday says "Thank you for playing my game", which is a reference to what Mario says after the end credits of Mario 64.
Tomb Raider (1996) (Video Game)
Lara Croft is seen in the trailer briefly
Scream (1996)
Ghostface is seen in the Oasis
Spawn (1997)
Spawn is seen as an avatar in a battle royale.
GoldenEye 007 (1997) (Video Game)
Z tells Arty that GoldenEye is Halliday's favorite FPS.
StarCraft (1998) (Video Game)
Raynor from StarCraft series is seen
Cowboy Bebop (1998) (TV Series)
Aech has two Swordfish IIs in her garage
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Aech says Z's haircut comes straight off this movie.
The Matrix (1999)
Neo can be seen during the final battle
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Darth Maul can be seen fighting Parzival during the final battle. Also, when Z finishes the first challenge, Anorak calls him "padawan".
The Iron Giant (1999)
The Iron Giant is in Aech's garage and is later used in the final battle.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Mentioned when characters are talking about Chow Yun Fat.
Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) (Video Game)
The Spartan soldiers are seen in the Oasis
Spider-Man (2002)
Wade mentions that he was given an alliterative name to sound like Spidey's alter ego Peter Parker
Firefly (2002) (TV Series)
You see the Ship Serenity from Firefly multiple times in the movie
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
"Helm's Deep LOTR" is written on a visible notebook in the scene where Wade and Sam investigate how to acquire the crystal key.
Punk'd (2003) (TV Series)
Aech mentions "being punk'd."
Teen Titans (2003) (TV Series)
Deathstroke is seen in the Oasis.
The Punisher (2004)
I-R0k's hollow body resembles to Punisher's Skull logo.
Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series)
The Doctor's TARDIS can be seen in Aech's workshop.
Death Note (2006)
Ryuk can be seen during the final battle of the movie.
Gears of War (2006) (Video Game)
Locust is seen in the Oasis. Also, Art3mis briefly has access to a Lancer assault rifle, complete with its distinctive chainsaw bayonet, from this game franchise.
Nancy Drew (2007)
Mentioned by a character.
BioShock (2007) (Video Game)
Big Daddy can be seen in the epic final battle.
Mass Effect (2007) (Video Game)
Shepard avatar seen in virtual nightclub and battle royale.
Cloverfield (2008)
The Cloverfield Monster can be briefly seen battling against King Kong during the race for the Copper Key.
Left 4 Dead (2008) (Video Game)
A Zombie from this video game is seen in the Oasis.
Minecraft (2009) (Video Game)
The popular video game is one the many worlds gamers in the film can visit as part of the Oasis virtual-reality system.
Borderlands (2009) (Video Game)
Unspecified game accoutrements available in a virtual marketplace.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
When characters die they explode into a shower of coins
Portal 2 (2011) (Video Game)
Wheatley can be seen flying around in the Oasis.
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (2011) (Video Game)
Characters from this video game are seen in the Oasis.
Sword Art Online (2012) (TV Series)
Kirito and Klein can be seen in the Oasis Nightclub.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The Winter Soldier can be seen taking out a scorpion.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
The 2014 live-action version of the TMNT cameo during the epic final battle.
Chappie (2015)
Chappie can be seen as an avatar in a battle royale.
Deadpool (2016)
As Parcival enters the club, Deadpool can be seen walking past.
Battleborn (2016) (Video Game)
El dragòn, Benedict, Attikus, Miko, Ambra and Toby are seen in the Oasis.
Zootopia (2016)
Nick Wilde is seen in The Distracted Globe. Judy Hopps and Chief Bogo appear during the Oasis Copper Key race.
Overwatch (2016) (Video Game)
Tracer is seen in the Oasis on multiple occasions, including fighting side by side with Reaper
Suicide Squad (2016)
Deathshot can be seen in the crowd of Oasis Civilians during the final battle.
Injustice 2 (2017) (Video Game)
Harley Quinn, Joker, and other DC comics characters appear in their designs from this series.
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
Weaponized Rubik's Cube
Justice League (2017)
Seen during the final battle
Titans (2018) (TV Series)
Graffitied Raven can be seen in the alleyway

Referenced in 

Blackcatloner: Star Wars: Episode 8 and Suicide Squad (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as a possible competitor for Episode 8.
The Grand Tour: Opera, Arts and Donuts (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when introducing Simon Pegg.
Honest Trailers: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Chuck's Guide to Survive: Ready Player Chuck (2017) (TV Episode)
Ryan liked the book so he made a VR episode. There are no obscene references to the material discussed in the book.
Granada Reports: 20 March 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) (TV Episode)
Caroline reports on the UK premiere.
Terror Nullius (2018)
Movie is a compilation film of movie references like this picture.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 21 March 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned.
WifiLeaks: Día del clima (2018) (TV Episode)
Wireless José mentions the film during the introduction of a top 5 of virtual reality games
Midnight Screenings: Ready Player One (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
The Cinema Snob: Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure (2018) (TV Episode)
"Excellent, now he owns the Oasis."
Honest Trailers: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2018) (TV Episode)
'Rocky Player One'
The Chronic Rift: In Review - April 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Referenced in pop culture op/ed on remakes and reboots
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Animated Trailer Extravaganza 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Brought up in discussion.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Incredible New Record (2018) (TV Episode)
Brought up in discussion.

Features 

Adventure (1979) (Video Game)
The game and its easter egg is an essential part of the last challenge.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Scene on monitor in IOI Halliday study group
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (Video Game)
Seen during the final challenge.
Centipede (1982) (Video Game)
Seen during the final challenge.

Featured in 

Granada Reports: 20 March 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 21 March 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Projector: Ready Player One (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
Tamara Just Saw: Ready Player One - Tamara Just Saw (2018) (TV Episode)
The movie that Tamara Just Saw
Caillou Pettis Movie Reviews: Ready Player One (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
Half in the Bag: Ready Player One (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
Honest Trailers: Baby Driver (2018) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
The Month in Movies: March 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Trailer shown. Film is discussed.
Honest Trailers: Ready Player One (2018) (TV Episode)
Used in trailer
The '80s: You're the Inspiration (2018) (Video)
Clips, Interviews and Making of Material
Game Changer: Cracking the Code (2018) (Video)
Clips, Interviews and Making of Material
Effects for a Brave New World (2018) (Video)
Clips, Interviews and Making of Material
Level up: Sound for the Future (2018) (Video)
Clips, Interviews and Making of Material
High Score: Endgame (2018) (Video)
Clips, Interviews and Making of Material
Ernie & Tye's Excellent Adventure (2018) (Video)
Clips, Interviews and Making of Material
Set Tour with Ready Player One Author Ernest Cline (2018) (Video)
Clips, Interviews and Making of Material
Half in the Bag: Comic Con 2018 Trailers (2018) (TV Episode)
movie clips are shown
Renegade Cut: Ready Gamergate One (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed

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